Image of the boardwalkAbout Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach

The Franklin D. Roosevelt boardwalk and beach is located on the eastern shore of Staten Island and spans 2.5 miles along Midland Beach and South Beach from Fort Wadsworth to Miller Field’s Gateway Recreational Area.

Since the beach is on the New York Lower Bay, the waves are calm, making it a favorite spot for families who want to relax and enjoy the sand and water.

From the boardwalk, one has a clear view of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge that connects Staten Island with the New York City borough of Brooklyn. This boardwalk’s popularity is also because it is one of New York City’s four spacious beachfront areas. 

Let's Explore the History

In the mid-17th century, Midland Beach and South Beach was part of a small Dutch settlement. This area remained more or less the same until the start of the 20th century. When the 19th century came to an end, developers realized that the beachfront has investment potential and started developing the shoreline by building hotels, theatres, and casinos.

The new developments and serene environment attracted people from New York and New Jersey who traveled to the area by ferry. As a result of the Great Depression, fires that broke out, and water pollution, the area became deserted and economic activities came to a standstill.

The F.D.R. Boardwalk is part of a New York City public park and was built in 1935 during a renovation project of the existing commercial boardwalk to stimulate interest and growth in the area. 

But What Can You Do Here?

The beach and waterfront are the most prominent attractions to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk. During warm and sunny days, people walk, jog, and cycle along the boardwalk, sit on the benches to enjoy the views, and spend time on the beach, building sandcastles and swimming in the water.

Children can enjoy the playgrounds, baseball fields, skateboard park, and roller hockey rink. The long pier is suitable for fishing throughout the year, and a favorite spot for Staten Island residents and visitors alike.

Concession stands along the boardwalk sell cooldrinks, hot dogs, and ice cream to passers-by, and there are also restaurants where you can buy lunch and dinner. You can also rent a bike or specialty cycle at either end of the boardwalk in South Beach or Midland Beach to explore the beachfront.

Other popular attractions include the Fountain of the Dolphins that are located at the entrance to South Beach. The fountain was a donation from the Staten Island Borough President in 1998.

You can also visit the Midland Beach War memorial that memorializes Staten Island’s contribution to World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Another monument in the area is dedicated to Navy Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Vincent R. Capodanno, a Vietnam veteran who received the Congressional Medal of Honor. 

Be Sure to Stop By & Have Fun

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk is a vibrant beach community with a unique character and a Staten Island attraction that visitors have to experience when visiting the borough. 

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